Graduate School Workshops and Alumni Panels

Are you considering graduate or professional school after Bates? Whether you’ve been pondering an advanced degree for a while or you’re just starting to explore your options, join the Purposeful Work staff as we help you consider whether graduate school is right for you.

The first workshop, Grad School 101, provides a broad overview of the grad school landscape — from exploring the types of degrees available to determining whether and when to apply. The second workshop, Grad School Application Process, focuses on the logistics of the application process — from researching schools and programs to making your final decisions about where to go.

The goal of the series is to provide you with:
1) strategies and recommendations for exploring grad school,
2) guidance and support for engaging with grad school representatives,
3) basic information about grad school applications and admissions, and
4) diverse alumni perspectives on various degrees, schools, and programs.

NOTE: The goal isn’t to cover all possible degree programs, but to provide you with a sense of the breadth and depth of available options. We hope these sessions will encourage you to explore programs that will give *you* the greatest sense of purpose.

Whenever possible, we encourage students to join workshops and alumni panels live, so that they can actively engage with presenters, and ask questions that pertain to their needs and interests. Check Handshake Events regularly to make sure you don’t miss out on opportunities of interest.

We want to ensure that all of our students are able to access our workshops and alumni panels, regardless of personal/professional commitments, or extenuating personal circumstances. To that end, we will record virtual sessions and make the recordings available for access generally within two weeks. NOTE: Anyone who speaks during these sessions consents to being recorded. Feel free to utilize the chat function if preferred.

Students can access the recordings by clicking the designated links below (when they become available) and signing in with their Bates login and password. Alumni can request special short-term access by reaching out to Hoi Ning Ngai at

Sep 21: Grad School 101 [recording]
Oct 12: Grad School Application Process [recording]

Grad School Events [no recordings]
Sep 30: Highre Virtual Grad School Fair Fall 2021 [Check Handshake Events]

Oct 4: Law School Meet & Greet  [Check Career Fairs on Handshake Events]
Oct 5: Grad School Meet & Greet  [Check Career Fairs on Handshake Events]

Alumni Panels
Oct 19: Alumni Panel Across Disciplines [recording]